A loan of $500 helped buy wool and replacement parts to repair her sewing machine.

Nora's story

Nora is part of the “Lontué I” communal bank, of the city of Molina. She has been dedicated to the making of clothes for 25 years. Nora creates and sells her clothing to order. Her clients go to her house to request her services. Currently she makes skirts and pants, among other things. The season of greatest demand is during the month of September, since this corresponds to the festival of the independence of Chile. Her tailoring workshop is located in the interior of her house. There she has 2 industrial sewing machines. She purchases her supplies in the cities of Curicó and Santiago. With the loan she will buy wool and replacement parts to repair her sewing machine. Her dreams are to offer her children a better quality of education and a more comfortable life. Nora lives along with her 2 children, ages 24 and 21, both university students. The oldest of them studies civil Engineering and the younger daughter studies nursing. She also lives with her mother. Nora is currently building a home for senior citizens. The construction is not yet finished, since it lacks wiring. Nora is very happy and grateful for the loan and the aid received from Fondo Esperanza. She tells us that she has made good contacts in the meetings and has built bonds of friendship and solidarity. With respect to the workshops, she has learned a lot, above all to treat her clients with cordiality. Molina is a resident of the central zone of Chile, located in the Maule region, which is characterized chiefly by being one of the large centers of the Chilean winegrowing industry. Besides the vines, it is a center of the fruit-growing industry, emphasizing the production of apples, pears and kiwis.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer B Brown

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